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Weekly painting Week 67- Draw, draw draw

I had this great advice from one of my teachers- if it is not working out in paint, try sculpting it. If It doesn’t work out there, draw. If you aren’t getting any good drawings, read. So I took a break and got out the pencils and Copics and came up with these. No masterpieces, but at the end of the day I was surrounded with smiling faces!

DSC04596Pumbaa pencil

DSC04597 Pumbaa cleaned up

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Rembrandt soft pastels..nice!

DSC04599Pumbaa pastel

DSC04600Timon ACEO card

DSC04602Timon all Sharpied up

DSC04603 end of the day.

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Weekly painting week 58- the power of contrast. Giraffes on the Serengeti at Sunset.

Contrast is the arrangement of opposite elements in art. When we are talking about light vs. dark, white and yellow tend to have the lightest values, while black has the darkest. To tell if your work has the contrast you are looking for, it’s good to see your work in black and white to check for contrast. Below is a black and white shot of the giraffe painting:

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The silhouettes make this easy- but it works just as well with a seascape where everything is a shade or tint of blue.

Here is the finished work- this was bought by a very nice dad for his kid for Christmas-AWESOME!!!

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http://fineartamerica.com/featured/giraffes-sunset-africa-serengeti-katy-hawk.html

Weekly Painting Week 49- What color is the sky in your world? African Sunrise Painting

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Why is the sky blue? I had that question as a kid and only my Mom could give me an intelligent answer, something like this:

The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue.

As an artist, you must know that as you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the sky near the horizon appears paler or white.

Got it? Now when the next kid asks, you are ready!

I have painted the sky about every color there is, here is a sky with no blue at all. I used Azo red, Vermilion, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Light ( a very different color than cad red) and cadmium yellow. Then, thin streaks of white and various colors blended in for some variance. Use water or glazing medium to do this. Acrylic dries in the time it takes to run and get a drink, so the silhouetted figures can be painted on quickly. Painted for a good friend of ours, part two of this diptych next week.

Paints this week were from Lukas, who sells the paint in a squeeze bottle– excellent pigment and so inexpensive!! Also used Liquitex, great pigments as well.

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